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25 Dinner Ideas For People Who Are Trying To Eat Less Meat

Put these in your dinner rotation.

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1. Creamy Vegetarian White Chili

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Instead of whole milk, you can opt for nut milk to make this recipe vegan. Loaded with beans and veggies, it's a hearty meal perfect for cold nights. Get the recipe.

2. Vegan Pumpkin Baked Ziti

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There's no cream in this gooey, melty baked pasta dish. A homemade cashew ricotta made with just five easy ingredients makes it super rich. Get the recipe.

3. Eggplant Meatballs

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Serve these baked vegetarian meatballs over pasta, zucchini noodles, polenta, or even a salad. Get the recipe.


8. Lemon Garlic Orzo With Roasted Vegetables

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Roast all of your favorite veggies on a sheet pan while you boil the orzo. Then, mix it all together and top it with a tangy homemade lemon and olive oil dressing. Get the recipe.

9. Thai Butternut Squash Red Curry

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This curry gets a kick from coconut milk, red curry paste, and yellow curry powder. If you're trying to eat completely vegetarian or vegan, just leave out the fish sauce. Get the recipe.

10. Cheesy Polenta Bake With Mushrooms, Greens, and Caramelized Onions

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This polenta is so cheesy and indulgent, it's the perfect meal for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. Get the recipe.

11. Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Squash

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Whether you're cutting back on carbs or just trying to eat more vegetables, this cheesy, rich spaghetti squash comes together in just 15 minutes. Get the recipe.


13. Homemade Vegetarian Chili

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The best thing about chili: It makes amazing leftovers. So make a big pot on a lazy Sunday and keep it in the freezer for a no-brainer weekday meal. Get the recipe.

14. Chipotle Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

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You can never have too many casserole recipes. Just throw all of your ingredients into a single baking dish and cook it in the oven until the veggies are tender and the cheese is melted. Get the recipe.

15. Spicy Falafel and Roasted Veggie Sandwich

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Start with store-bought naan or pita, then fill the sandwiches with homemade baked falafel, cumin-roasted cauliflower and carrots, and sun-dried tomatoes. If you're trying to cut back on carbs, you can also serve it on a bed of greens. Get the recipe.


17. Smoky White Bean Shakshuka

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This hearty Israeli recipe featuring cannelloni beans, whole canned tomatoes, baked eggs, and lots of spices is not only delicious, but also super affordable. A serving will set you back just $1.62. Get the recipe.

18. Autumn Veggie Paella

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If you associate paella with summertime and sangria, think again. This vegetarian version features the season's best produce like acorn squash and cauliflower. Get the recipe.


20. Spinach and Ricotta Eggplant Rollatini

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Roasted eggplant gets rolled up with a cheesy mixture of ricotta, Parmesan, egg, and red pepper flakes. Then it gets baked in the oven 'til golden brown perfection. Get the recipe.

21. Spicy Vegetarian Ramen

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This savory broth is incredibly creamy without the help of any meat thanks to soy milk, dashi, soy sauce, and miso. You can get creative with your favorite ramen additions like soft boiled egg, kimchi, and bok choy. Get the recipe.

22. Zucchini Noodles Alfredo

23. Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie

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Everything except for the doughy topping gets cooked until tender in the slow cooker. Then, transfer the veggie mixture to a baking dish, cover it with a sheet of puff pasty, and bake it for 10 minutes until it turns golden brown and flaky.

Get the recipe.

24. Hummus Flatbread With Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto

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Flatbread gets a Mediterranean twist thanks to hummus (homemade or store-bought), spinach, sun-dried tomato, pine nuts, and pesto. Don't forget a sprinkle of feta cheese for good measure. Get the recipe.

25. Pad Thai With Peanuts and Basil

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This sweet and savory dressing is made with brown sugar, vegetable broth, white vinegar, soy sauce, and chili paste. Feel free to leave out the fish sauce or opt for a vegan version. Get the recipe.